September 11, 2007
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Commission on Children and Families' released findings Tuesday about priorities for the growing youth population.
After almost two years of research, including discussions and input from residents in the city and the county, the CCF found that more attention could be focused on expanding the quality of life for our youth.
Statistics show that when young people don't have anything to do, they are more likely to get into trouble.
The CCF report shows a need for more positive programs that will encourage local youth.
"We are really trying to boost the availability and accessibility of those programs in town so that our teens can be doing something that they enjoy and something productive and fun," said Maryfrances Porter, coordinator with CCF.
Charlottesville City Councilor, Dave Norris said, "I think its vitally important that the city invest in our youth and providing them positive opportunities as opposed to some of the negative things they can get caught up in on the streets."
The CCF also reported that there needs to be more focus on early childcare and education for kids ages, from infants to age five.
Both the city and the county believe programs like "Head-Start" and preschool are a smart investment to get children better prepared for both school and for life.
"Kids that are in those programs have better reading scores and are better prepared when they go to learn," said Porter.
Norris said, "I think those kinds of initiatives and supporting kids and families really do pay off in the long run, its an upfront cost but the payoff is tremendous down the line."
You can find a link to the entire CCF report by clicking on the news links section of this website.